In London, the radiologist Gina McVey organizes a surprise birthday party to her father John McVey with her boyfriend Stefan Chambers, her brother Daniel McVey and his girlfriend Kate ... See full summary »
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.
Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror.
In London, the radiologist Gina McVey organizes a surprise birthday party to her father John McVey with her boyfriend Stefan Chambers, her brother Daniel McVey and his girlfriend Kate Coleman. On the next day, she sees herself driving a car on the street and she follows the woman to her apartment, where she finds a picture of her father and her. While driving back, she has a car crash and loses parts of her memory; further, she believes Stefan is another man. Gina decides to investigate what is happening and unravels a dark reality. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The inventive spelling of the title reads somewhat silly in Norwegian and Danish since the Ø in broken is a letter in the alphabet in these languages and sounds like the "u" in "burden". In addition "brøken" is the Norwegian and Danish word meaning "the fraction". See more »
Whenever it shows the car-wreck (and the replays thereof), the "person" in the driver-seat is obviously a dummy. See more »
[opening screen, small text on black]
You have conquered and I yield.
Yet henceforward art thou also dead - dead to the World, to Heaven, and to Hope!
In me didst thou exist - and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own, how utterly thou hast murdered thyself.
Edgar Allan Poe
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If the music played during the first half of the closing credits sounds a bit off, that's because it's being played backwards. See more »
The mirror, the mirror!! Watch out for yourself...
The Broken (2008)
We've all seen movies like this before, playing beautifully with the clichés of horror films like doppelgangers, hidden identities, and not knowing who to trust. This one is really rather good, very very beautifully photographed and edited, and nice and short. It isn't all that original, but it's well done for what it is.
This is a pan-Euro production, set in London with British and French actors. The modern setting is compelling--lots of glass, plastic, and stainless steel. And mirrors. The key is when a mirror breaks, someone's doppelganger (or double of some kind, evil it seems at first, but then not for sure) is released into the world. The two selves have to resolve their competing claims to identity and so the horror begins.
The leading actress (Lena Headey) is quite stunning and effective, if that's what you want in a movie. I mean, we believe her and feel for her, but her character is artificial enough we aren't really in a position to know her very well. And so we identify with her only because she's presented as the heroine. It gets truly scary at times, and more and more so to the end, when there is a revelation about it all and a kind of acceptance.
So, if this is your kind of movie, a psychological horror film with some supernatural overtones but not too bloody or absurd, you'll probably like it a lot, more than it's current rating implies. The cast is strong enough, even if made up of types rather than full blown characters. Don't worry about the familiar twists--you'll be scared anyway.
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